Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My parents died when I was 14 and I was raised by my older sisters. That was a tragic loss for me, but my parents always encouraged me to do as well as I could in life, and I used that as inspiration to matriculate from Brisbane Grammar School. I intended to go to university but first I wanted experiences beyond being a student. I sailed the family yacht to New Guinea north of Australia and that changed my life. I won a contract to sail a doctor and nurse to coastal settlements and islands, accompanied by my beautiful companion. I had no thoughts of returning to Australia to study at university, but unfortunately my country was dragged into a war started by Germany invading Belgium, and I had no choice but to enlist. So I bid farewell to peaceful and wonderful New Guinea, intending to return when I could, but that was not possible.
What is your role in the story?
I was posted to the headquarters of Third Division, Australian Imperial Force, and from my role as Divisional Signals Lieutenant I can observe the greatest general of his generation, John Monash, turn near-defeat in the mud of Flanders to victory in less than 100 days. Winning the war in 100 days was completely unexpected, and more surprisingly it was an Australian general and his Australian soldiers who played the major role in victory.
What is your favorite hobby?
I like the challenge of sailing, and when a long day at sea comes to a close there is nothing better than to share companionship and a game of cards with good friends.
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
The Allies were losing the war. The British lost hundreds of thousands of men while the French were in mutiny. I had to support my commanding officer who was the only Allied general likely to achieve something positive, and at the same time keep my personal morale up while all around me was catastrophe and disaster. It's terribly hard to see hundreds of thousands of good soldiers slaughtered for no good reason and no lasting achievement, and be unable to do anything about what was happening.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
That there never be another war.
Title: One Hundred Days
Author: Mark Morey
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1917, the mud of Flanders soaked up the blood of a quarter of a million men. If the war continued like that, the Allies would lose. One battle turned that around and was the beginning of a hundred days of advances to victory. This is a story about how that was done.
Two Australian soldiers experience the last two years of the Great War. Martin Ward is a lieutenant working alongside Major-General John Monash, and he sees the transition from slaughter at Passchendaele to breaching the Hindenburg Line. Alec Morey is a gunner severely injured in Flanders, and he returns to Australia to watch on in amazement as the Australian Imperial Force plays the major role in victory.
This is a fictional account of a story not well known; using real events, fictional characters and real-life characters to tell the tale of how the Great War was won.
I am part-time in the workforce and a part-time author, and writing technical documentation and advertising material formed a large part of my career for many decades. Writing a novel didn’t cross my mind until relatively recently, where the combination of too many years writing dry, technical documents and a visit to the local library where I couldn’t find a book that interested me led me consider a new pastime. Write a book. That book may never be published, but I felt my follow-up cross-cultural crime with romance hybrid set in Russia had more potential. So much so that I wrote a sequel that took those characters on a journey to a very dark place.
Once those books were published by Club Lighthouse and garnered good reviews I wrote in a very different place and time. My two novels set in Victorian Britain were published by Wings ePress in July and August of 2014. These have been followed by my story set against the background of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. Australia’s contribution to the battles on the Western Front and to ultimate victory was well out of proportion to the size of the nation and the size of their force. Once you read this story you will appreciate the great things that our nation achieved.
Mark Morey: http://markmorey.blogspot.com.au/
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Days-Mark-Morey-ebook/dp/B014GNCLZS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442618757&sr=1-1
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